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APNewsBreak: Nigeria sues over $12B in 'illegal' oil exports

Nigeria is suing several leading oil companies for $12.7 billion of crude oil that allegedly was exported illegally to the United States between 2011 and 2014, officials said Tuesday.

The Federal High Court in Lagos begins hearings next week in cases filed against Nigerian subsidiaries of U.S. multinational Chevron, British-Dutch Shell, Italian ENI's Agip, France's Total and Brasoil of Brazilian Petrobas, according to the court register.

Oil companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Nigeria was Africa's largest oil producer until militant attacks cut production and Angola overtook it in March.

The cases could provoke new anger against oil...

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